LANCASTER -- South Pointe exploded for 29 second-quarter points to wipe out a seven-point first-quarter deficit and maintained control the rest of the way for a 70-58 victory over Lancaster on Tuesday.
The Bruins (8-13, 2-11 Region 3-AAAA) used early long-range shooting from Michael Catoe and Shurdell Wright, each draining 3-pointers, for a 16-9 advantage. But the Stallions suddenly got the hot hand from deep.
Tre Erby connected with two beyond the arc, and Cory Kessler swished the nets on back-to-back 3-pointers, putting the Stallions ahead 26-22. South Pointe (16-7, 10-3) continued the momentum to close the half on a 12-5 surge with Erby slashing to the hoop to score six of his 15 first-half points during that stretch.
Leading 40-29 at the half, the Stallions maintained control with point guard Stephon Gilmore controlling the tempo. When not sinking timely hoops, Gilmore dissected the Bruins' defense on dribble penetration before finding teammates for high-percentage baskets.
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"After we got up in the second quarter, we did not try to force any shots," Gilmore said. "They constantly tried to play me on drives to the hoop, and that left my teammates open."
Erby, who scored a game-high 25 points, said he found a good scoring rhythm, particularly in the second quarter.
"I just took the ball to the hoop early, and then we were able to work a good inside-outside flow throughout," he said.
The victory was crucial for the Stallions, who can finish no worse than a second-place tie in Region 3-AAAA. South Pointe has a game at home against Fort Mill on Friday to help determine the seedings for the playoffs.